The Carrie remake hits theaters this weekend, which means it's time for a fresh take on the telekinetic teen, almost 30 years later.
The Carrie remake hits theaters this weekend, which means it's time for a fresh take on the telekinetic teen, almost 30 years later. The original film came out in 1976 and starred Sissy Spacek as Carrie White, while Piper Laurie played her mother, Margaret. The prom scene became one of the most memorable horror movie moments in history, and Laurie even earned an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress. It's clear Chloë Moretz and Julianne Moore both had their work cut out for them as the new Carrie and Margaret, and while technological advancements have provided the opportunity to make the film more realistic and terrifying than ever, it's hard to top a renowned horror classic. So, how does the remake compare to the original? We're going over all the differences and similarities below.
Careful, there are spoilers ahead!
The Modernization of the Events
One major difference the remake emphasizes is a more updated look at bullying. The jarring shower scene where Carrie first gets her period becomes even more chilling when her classmates make a cellphone video of Carrie and post it on YouTube. And yet, while everything else is modernized, Carrie isn't. Carrie doesn't have a cellphone or a computer, so she isn't totally susceptible to the cyber bullying. I think it's an incredibly relevant type of bullying to include in the film, but it should have been taken farther. Had we seen Carrie reacting to the video, it might have been more powerful.
The Character Portrayals
While Moore's performance is well-executed and Moretz is great as well, the personalities of both characters feel too exaggerated. Laurie and Moore both play Margaret as a raving religious fanatic, but for some reason it feels out of place in the present day. As for Carrie, it seems like Moretz's version enjoys the retribution on her classmates a little too much. While Spacek's interpretation of Carrie shows a terrified girl trying to protect herself, the new Carrie gives the bloody prom a sadistic twist. I mean, sure, Carrie goes into shock after the blood gets dumped in both movies, but there's a difference between a fear-based reflex and taking pleasure in vengeance.
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